The Rev. Dr. Gregory C. Ellison II joined the Candler faculty in 2009. His teaching draws primarily from his work with the organization he founded called Fearless Dialogues, a nonprofit organization that creates unique spaces for unlikely partners to have hard, heartfelt conversations on taboo subjects like racism, classism, and community violence.
Ellison’s research focuses on caring with marginalized populations, pastoral care as social activism, and 20th and 21st century mysticism. He is the author of Cut Dead But Still Alive: Caring for African American Young Men, and Fearless Dialogues: A New Movement for Justiceand is the editor of Anchored in the Current: Discovering Howard Thurman as Educator, Activist, Guide, and Prophet.
Ellison is a board trustee of the Forum for Theological Exploration, and a member of the Society for Pastoral Theology and the American Academy of Religion. At Emory, Ellison is a member of the Task Force on Community Memory, Difference, and Reconciliation.
Ellison has twice been the recipient of Candler’s “Faculty Person of the Year” award, in 2010-2011 and 2016-2017. Also, in 2014, Ellison received the Emory Williams Distinguished Teaching Award, Emory University’s most prestigious faculty teaching honor. He is an ordained Baptist minister who has served in Methodist and Presbyterian churches.
“Holy Activist and Wholly Other: Youth, Vocation, and the Problem of Fit,” Princeton Theological Seminary Presidential Lecture, Princeton Theological Seminary Library Digital Collections, March 01, 2018
Grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. for research project “Fearing Less and Seeking Anchors: Interactive Digital Platforms to Enhance Pastoral Leadership in Uncertain Times,” 2020
Fearless Dialogues: A New Movement for Justice recognized as one of “The Best Spiritual Books of 2017” by Spirituality and Practice and Decatur Book Festival’s 2018 winner of Judy Turner Book Prize for Best Book on Community
Fearless Dialogues awarded by Atlanta Hawks as Community Organization of the Year
Fearless Dialogues: A New Movement for Justice recognized by a Starred Review in Publisher’s Weekly, 2017
Invitation to join Think Tank sponsored by the Fetzer Institute to Practicing Democracy Project
Faculty Person of the Year, Candler School of Theology, 2016-2017
Emory Williams Distinguished Teaching Award, Emory University
Research Leave Grant for First or Second Book, Louisville Institute, 2012-2013
Faculty Person of the Year, Candler School of Theology, 2010-2011
Baccalaureate Speaker, Candler School of Theology
Postdoctoral fellowship in Practical Theology and Religious Practices, Emory University, 2008-2009
Expanding Horizons Dissertation Fellow, Fund for Theological Education, 2007-2008
Scholar-in-Residence, Historic Concorde Baptist Church in Brooklyn, NY, 2004-2005